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This webinar is co-produced by West LegalEdCenter and part of the “Protecting Your Employee Assets: The Life Cycle of the Employment Relationship” series. It will feature Charles Krugel (Law Offices of Charles Krugel); Helen Bloch (Law Offices of Helen Bloch, P.C.); Max Barack (Garfinkel Group, LLC); and Gary Savine (Savine Employment Law, Ltd.). When it comes to dealing with communicable disease-related issues within the workplace, planning is everything. What kinds of things might an employer do to lessen the impact of a communicable disease disaster on their business? Join this panel of experts as they explore these topics: (1) FFCRA-eligibility,…
When Your Employer Insists You Go Into Work During the Pandemic The recourse rules for employees are complicated and somewhat untested By Rosie Wolf Williams, April 8, 2020 Millions of Americans have been instructed by their employers to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. But what if your boss insists you continue coming into your workplace, especially if you’re dealing with an autoimmune deficiency, going through medical treatments or recovering from an illness? Do you have any recourse? The question is a piercing one for some workers right now, since showing up could increase their risk…
The Small Business Guide to Unemployment Insurance By Sammi Caramela, Contributing WriterUpdated: March 30, 2020 Tero Vesalainen/Shutterstock When an employee loses their job, unemployment insurance pays out to ensure the individual is properly supported for the time being. If you have employees, you are required to pay into State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) and the Federal Unemployment Insurance Act (FUTA). To apply for unemployment benefits, employees will need to file a claim with their state’s unemployment insurance program. In life, there are moments and roadblocks we never would have predicted. Take COVID-19, for instance: We are experiencing trying times, and small businesses…
This webinar is co-produced by West LegalEdCenter and part of the “Cannabis Law” series. It  features Jack O’Connor (Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP); Ruth Rauls (Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP); Charles Krugel (Law Offices of Charles Krugel); Jonathan Loiterman (Green Star Growing, Inc.); and Rusty Magner (TrueNorth). This episode addresses numerous issues, including recent changes to state laws, best practices for drug testing, dealing with employees who are registered users of medical marijuana; and navigating “drug-free workplace” rules. You can click on the photo to the right for more information or to register. CHICAGO (PRWEB) MARCH 23, 2020 With…
This webinar delves into the mistakes commonly made by employers, and endeavors to provide attendees with the tools needed to help find and fix potential wage and hour pitfalls. CHICAGO (PRWEB) MARCH 02, 2020 Compliance with federal (as well as state) wage and hour laws returned to the forefront towards the end of the Obama administration when it appeared that the salary threshold that applied to exempt employees would be increased significantly. While the proposed change will not happen, the Trump administration has signaled that the threshold will nonetheless likely increase. Regardless of where the new threshold lands, employers must nonetheless…
With all of the virus fear going on, I’d like to thank the 37 business owners & operators, who attended my presentation last Wednesday 3/11 at Chicago’s City Hall. The room was packed elbow-to-elbow. My presentation concerned employee handbooks & policies. I actually considered cancelling the presentation, but since the city kept it on, I figured I should too. It was an extremely lively 90-minute Q & A discussion. Thanks to the City of Chicago & those who attended! 3/11 Presentation @ Chicago’s City Hall: Employee (HR) Handbooks & Workplace Policies
With all of the virus fear going on, I’d like to thank the 37 business owners & operators, who attended my presentation last Wednesday 3/11 at Chicago’s City Hall. The room was packed elbow-to-elbow. My presentation concerned employee handbooks & policies. I actually considered cancelling the presentation, but since the city kept it on, I figured I should too. It was an extremely lively 90-minute Q & A discussion. Thanks to the City of Chicago & those who attended! 3/11 Presentation @ Chicago’s City Hall: Employee (HR) Handbooks & Workplace Policies
3/11/20, Employee (HR) Handbooks & Workplace Policies, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805. Presented by Charles Krugel, a Management Side Labor, Employment and Human Resource Attorney. Open discussion concerning whether a business needs a handbook, written policies & procedures, & how to implement them. It’s free to attend. You can register at 312-744-2086 or e-mail BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org
3/11/20, Employee (HR) Handbooks & Workplace Policies, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805. Presented by Charles Krugel, a Management Side Labor, Employment and Human Resource Attorney. Open discussion concerning whether a business needs a handbook, written policies & procedures, & how to implement them. It’s free to attend. You can register at 312-744-2086 or e-mail BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org
Thanks to Bob Carroll, Executive Vice President, Permanent Solutions Labor Consultants & host of the podcast Employee Relations Words of Wisdom for interviewing me on his 1/29/20 podcast. We talked about changes in the NLRB for 2020. We also discussed predictions for union organizing activity & new organizing targets we might see in 2020.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=cINlJKa6FL8
One of the key roles I play as a litigator, advocate & leader is handling witness tampering & threats against witnesses & parties involved in investigations. Here’s a general rundown of how I handle these concerns. Note that this is general advice & not intended as a be-all end-all solution. In other words, “don’t try this at home” without having the proper preparation & support. First some context. Half of the the investigations or litigation that’s involved concern in-house investigations conducted by the business’ owners, operators, HR people & the business’ own attorneys, sometimes me. The other half concern investigations…
12/18/19 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. A Legal Update on Policies and Procedures in the Employment Law Landscape City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805 Presented by Charles Krugel, a Management Side Labor, Employment and Human Resource Attorney A discussion of all of the changes that have gone into effect this year, and that will probably be in effect next year, including the minimum wage, paid time off, fair work week, overtime wage exemptions, asking job candidates about salary/wage history & sexual harassment training. It’s free to attend. You can register at 312-744-2086 or e-mail BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org
It’s always cool to see positive media articles about clients. So, I’m especially pleased to post this article from yesterday’s Chicago Tribune about Necessary and Sufficient cafe in Chicago. Kate became a client of mine after attending a few of my City Hall presentations & asking me some difficult questions. Cozy coffee shop with a walk-up window opens in Logan Square, plus more Chicago restaurant news By  CHICAGO TRIBUNE | OCT 30, 2019 | 12:00 PM Necessary and Sufficient is a woman-owned coffee shop in Logan Square. (Grace Wong / Chicago Tribune) When Kate Vrijmoet first moved to Chicago, she started…